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Stockport ‘s Heart – Where For Art Thou ?

By Richard Haynes


Stockport’s heart where for Art thou?

Victorian columns rise austere and proud

Town Hall fathers, long forgotten

Chose classic Corinthian for their monument


Long to outlast its temporary cousins

Laughing at new buildings of poor materials

They’ll not be long for this world !

Th’ Gallery stands aloft and strong


Thousands pass in busy lives

Mental note – must check it out

Soon forgotten til the next time

Hatters are playing – maybe one day


Home for exhibitions ancient and new

Reassuring drab daubes strangely impress

I’m sorry our kid can do better than that!

Dazzling genius worth thousands can quite depress


Uplifting innovation with dusty cousins

That remain unfashionable unsold unloved

Launching careers and changing lives

Disappointment at ‘ a sure thing’


Putting food on the empty table

Tonight we’ll eat the bread of man

Tomorrow more ideas for better work

And dreams of treats that never come


Work into the night for the exhibition

Lack of sleep clouds the vision

Stockport Art Guild watch out

This one will set ‘em talking


We’re shocked – its rude – its nude

This is London Road not London Town

This temple is not ready

For Roman nudity and depravity


Swarms of starlings hide the screams

Highly choreographed animal display

With life and movement they circle the sky

Alive with more beauty than exhibitions within


Guild of Art, Local Gallery, Home of leaflets

Grey and Imposing – Iron gates locked closed

Ghosts of shows bad and good rattle around

Only people bring the empty shell to life


Once a year the terrible toll of Stockport’s finest

We remember those strong young lads

Cut down by mindless order and cruel shell

Stockport’s broken heart – Where for Art thou?


November 12 th each year the building returns

To its special shows and arty ways

Poetry, paintings ,plinths and performance

Thanks to those who went from Wellington Road to Armadeggan



Copyright Richard Haynes November 10th 2010






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